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Irish duo withdraw from Gibraltar match

by | 06/10/2014  Comments (12)  jump
Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy have been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday after missing Everton's defeat at Manchester United this weekend.

Coleman hasn't featured for the Blues since leaving the field against with Wolfsburg with concussion on 18 September, although his manager, Roberto Martinez, has also suggested he picked up a hamstring strain in the same game.

McCarthy, meanwhile, was rested for the trip to Krasnodar last week after complaining of a tight quad muscle and he failed a late fitness test for yesterday's fixture at Old Trafford.

The pair will be assessed before Martin O'Neill names his side to face Germany in Ireland's second qualifier of the month on 14 October but they are rated as doubtful at the moment.  

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Trevor Lynes
1 Posted 06/10/2014 at 17:22:09
We seem to be playing ten-pin bowling and we are the pins!

Now we have Kone, Barkley, Mirallas, Coleman, Stones and McCarthy all sidelined.

James Carroll
2 Posted 06/10/2014 at 18:27:49
Worst injury crisis since 1986-87!!

I remember starting the season without Stevens, Van Den Hauwe, Mountfield, Reid, Bracewell... and I think there were more.

We still won the league, though...

Chris Williamson
3 Posted 06/10/2014 at 18:35:39
Getting to the point where I'd be happy with just losing, so long as we don't lose another key player.
Harold Matthews
5 Posted 06/10/2014 at 19:19:04
I know the feeling, Chris.
Brian Hennessy
6 Posted 06/10/2014 at 19:24:22
I would be surprised to see Coleman or McCarthy back for the Germany game and, even as an Ireland "fan", I would prefer if they didn't,

I'm trying to stay positive and hoping the two of them will be back for us for the Villa match and maybe see Barkley in the squad.

Has anyone any news on Kone? I seem to remember him making an appearance on a subs bench recently but he has now disappeared again?

Alex Jones
7 Posted 06/10/2014 at 19:43:21
How Coleman has been out so long with concussion I don't know. And I'm also pretty sure that useless lump Kone was supposedly back in full training at the same time as Oviedo but seems nowhere near playing. If he's injured again, we need to just sack him and cut our losses as he's certainly not worth his wage.
Colin Glassar
8 Posted 06/10/2014 at 19:54:33
Kone, like Traore, seems to have entered the twilight zone. I heard Distin is close to joining them.
Jon Withey
9 Posted 06/10/2014 at 20:27:45
Apparently it was Coleman's hamstring, not his concussion. We need him and McCarthy back... to point out the blinking obvious.

Don't expect Barkley to come back anytime soon, it's just Martinez and his positive vibes thing. He must be weeks off playing a competitive match.

I'm still devastated by the Stones injury.

Kunal Desai
10 Posted 06/10/2014 at 22:42:46
I don't give a shit about them turning out for their national side. I want to see them ready and fit for 18 October at home to Villa. That game is now of paramount importance affecting Everton's league positioning.
Tom Bowers
11 Posted 06/10/2014 at 22:55:06
As long as I have been an Evertonian, I have often wondered why they have too many players who have gotten injured and been out for months on end.

Whilst allowing for those few who have had broken legs, too may others seem to have been way too long on the sick list and other clubs just don’t seem to have suffered as much.

Finally, after getting Gibson and Pienaar back, other players get crocked and the season is barely a month or so old. This international break is good for the Blues and I for one would like to see some of the Blues players involved get very little playing time, especially the England games against poor opposition.

As Kunal says, the Villa game has far more importance.

Steavey Buckley
12 Posted 07/10/2014 at 00:46:59
If Coleman and McCarthy were not fit to play for Everton last Sunday, why on earth are they allowed to join up with the R of I? Sturridge has been left out of the England team for the same reason.

And since Everton are playing Aston Villa next league match, Roy Keane has a vested interest since he is the assistant manager at Villa and maybe quite happy to hinder their rehabilitation by keeping them with R of I instead of them being at Finch Farm.

Mike Chambers
13 Posted 07/10/2014 at 18:57:31
They should pull out altogether, they need to be at Finch Farm working with whoever hasn't gone away. We need to speak up like Liverpool and tell the countries club first.

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